Turning the clocks back also triggers issues of change. When we changed the clocks to daylight savings time back in the spring, I griped about it. After all, things were just fine the way they were. But now that I’ve long adapted to that change, it’s being switched around again. And as with most human beings, change is challenging. It’s the most reliable thing in the world, but it’s something we tend to resist—even when we pray for change. It’s been scientifically proven that it takes about a month to adapt to a new habit pattern. So in about a month we will have adjusted to this new time frame.
This particular time change—when we “fall back”—and are granted with the once-a-year gift of an extra hour in the day—also triggers both gratitude and grief. Gratitude that today holds the opportunity for more joy, delight, accomplishment. And grief that if only I had an extra hour every day—how much more I could accomplish! Lack of time is one of the biggest obstacles Westerners cite as preventing them from achieving their goals and dreams. Yet we all have the same 24 hours/1,440 minutes a day and 168 hours/10,080 minutes a week. Within those same hours and minutes some people manage to pursue their dreams and others, sadly, do not. Which one of those people do you wish to be? What did you do with your extra hour last Sunday? What would you do if you had an extra hour every day?
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